Understandably, head-on collisions are terrifying experiences. The trauma of such an accident can cause emotional harm even if no severe personal injury is suffered. The occupants of two vehicles that recently crashed head-on on a Missouri road were fortunate when none of them suffered life-threatening injuries.
In order to protect pedestrians and others using our roadways, motorists must comply with applicable Missouri laws. Pedestrian accident numbers in St. Louis have reached levels that is cause for concern in residents. In 2014, seven pedestrian accidents were recorded. Six such accidents -- some of them fatal -- have occurred in the first quarter of this year.
Crossing the center median on a highway can have devastating consequences. Investigating such an accident is never an easy task, as it is often difficult to determine the reason for a driver having crossed onto the opposite side. Such an investigation is underway after the drivers of two vehicles recently suffered car accident injuries on a Missouri highway. Clearing up operations apparently caused a road closure that lasted for several hours.
The lives of Missouri road users can change in a matter of seconds. Car accidents are never anticipated, and the consequences often include life-changing injuries or even death. Injured victims of vehicle accidents commonly have to face high medical expenses, and any inability to work may be financially devastating. Fatalities in road accidents usually leave families facing end-of-life costs while grieving a loved one's death.
Missouri drivers may not recognize the dangers of driving in the vicinity of large trucks. When traveling on multi-lane highways, it is not uncommon for semi-trucks or tractor-trailers to change lanes without considering other vehicles. Drivers of these huge vehicles often say that blind spots exist, and they may deny responsibility for truck accidents. Drivers of smaller vehicles commonly expect truck drivers to take extra care. Truck drivers may be wise not to assume that sedan drivers know exactly where they need to drive in order to be visible to the driver of a truck.
When Missouri drivers take to the road, they are expected to drive in a responsible manner. They also have to obey traffic signs along the road. If a driver is negligent or reckless and causes a car accident that result in passengers suffering personal injury or worse, the driver may be held financially responsible for the financial damages of his or her passengers and others.
Motorists in Missouri who have suffered personal injury in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another party may want to pursue recovery of damages. These damages may include immediate and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income. In addition, car accidents could cause extensive damage to a vehicle, and compensation for property damage may be included in a personal injury claim. For a vehicle accident attorney to effectively pursue damage recovery, he or she will need specific information from the injured victim.
A tractor-trailer driver was recently charged after allegedly causing the death of a 65-year-old motorist on a Missouri road. The prosecutor's offices reported that it was determined that the truck driver had been driving in excess of the allowed 70 hours during the eight days prior to the six-vehicle accident. This is a violation of the laws for commercial vehicles related to driver fatigue.
A drivers whose attention is distracted often fails to see important road signs. Distractions come in many forms such as development and construction activities in the vicinity, mobile devices and more. The high volumes of traffic on Missouri roads require drivers to be alert at all times as even a stop sign that is unintentionally ignored may cause severe car accident injuries.
Many Missouri residents may share the concerns of others about motorists taking part in street racing. Not only do these drivers endanger their own lives, but also the lives of other road users. Serious pedestrian accidents are often the result. The parents of a 15-year-old sophomore have to cope with the untimely death of their son after he was the victim of a pedestrian accident that allegedly resulted from a street racing incident.